Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2018

As many doing the Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Shanah, have already pointed out there have been so many books I didn’t get around to reading this year that have sat on my TBR pile for far too long. And, to be honest, I don’t know why.

I’ve had a really bad year for reading. Maybe it’s been one too many duds that have made me hesitant to start any given book. And the dog alone knows, I was supposed to read 5 books in November for SciFiMonth, and never got to any of them. The one thing they all have in common, and maybe that’s the problem, is that they are all books in a series.

GLASS HOUSES — by Louise Penny

Easily my favourite author of the last decade, this signed hardback has sat on my coffee table since it was published. It’s now high on my list to read over the holidays.

EMBERS OF WAR — by Gareth L. Powell

I love Powell’s SF, and was supposed to read this one for SciFiMonth but but didn’t, it’s as simple as that. The more people that raved about it, the more I was reluctant to read it, fearing disappointment. But like Glass Houses, it’s shortlisted for reading over the holidays.


I read the first one in this series and, well, it was meh. Not great, but just, okay. I bought the pair at the same time. And because the first one was just okay, I am again reluctant to start this one. I don’t want a ‘meh’ read, I want a ‘wow’ read. So this one might stay on the shelf for a long time to come.

FEAR THE DARKNESS — Becky Masterman

This is the middle book in a trilogy, unfortunately, I read book 3 first, book 1 second and then, stalled out. What I need to do is read book 1 again before starting this one and, well, I’m just not in the mood to do that. Maybe next year, or maybe if I tell myself it’s a standalone


Here again is another book with a brightly coloured cover that caught my attention, and because it’s crime fiction with a difference, I thought it would be fun. It’s set in India, and features an ex-cop who is now a PI who has a baby elephant. I mean, come on, aren’t you intrigued too? One for the holidays, for sure.

So there you go, 5 books I thought I would read straight away, but didn’t. And now, I’m still ambivalent about reading. Maybe all I need to do is crack a spine, and set too. And you?

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  1. December 14, 2018

    I have given up on books I wanted to read this year, as soon as I made a plan, I promptly changed it or ignored it..
    I really wanted to read Maas’ Kingdom of Ash and still may get around to it, purely to see how that series ends.

    • Alexandra
      December 15, 2018

      Oh, you and all the rest of us, too, Vera. We have all tried to make plans that never worked. I had hope tomread X number of books by years end. Well, that never happened! We can always try again next year but I suspect a new project might take up some of our reading time, as we write. Right?

      • December 16, 2018

        Hear hear, I will definitely be carving some time out for the upcoming project, so excited!

        • Alexandra
          December 16, 2018

          Oh, indeed! I’ve been scribbling away. I just need to start polishing a few ideas. ☺️

  2. December 13, 2018

    Oh, good luck!
    I haven’t dared look at the books i “thought will read this year but haven’t”. 😀 I’m just gonna pretend they don’t exist…

    • Alexandra
      December 13, 2018

      What, they don’t exist? You mean, I could have ignored them? Ha! Ha! I like your idea but alas, someone else keeps eyeing all my books and making remarks like, are you going to read that one soon? So I’m going to try, maybe, over the holidays. 14 days of uninterrupted bliss.

      At least, that’s the plan. The sherry might say otherwise!

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  4. December 11, 2018

    Hope you can read these in early 2019!

    • December 12, 2018

      So do I, Amanda. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Crack a spine? I hope you don’t mean that ☺️. A PI with an elephant, well that’s something new as a sidekick . I hope you enjoy your holiday reads, whatever you choose I have a few good ones waiting for me, The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton to name one but it’ll probably have to wait a bit longer.

    • December 12, 2018

      Ha! Ha! Such a terrible saying, but it’s crack a book spine, not a human one! Hope that clarifies what I meant. 😉

      And who doesn’t want a baby elephant as a sidekick, right? Ha! Ha!

      Oh, I really must read some Sharon Bolton, I’ve heard nothing but good things about her books. Let me know how it goes. That’s one review I want to read.

  6. December 11, 2018

    A few of these titles sound fantastic! Hope you can get to them soon! Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

    • December 12, 2018

      So do I, Shanah, given I’ve had them all for between six months and a year!

  7. December 11, 2018

    I haven’t read any of these Alexandra and today I take a rain check on Top 5 given the current circumsatnces. But if I had to choose two books I still have to read and want to: City of Brass (gasp! I know this is one of your favs!) and I Stop Somewhere by TE Carter.

    • December 12, 2018

      Probably not, Sophie, given I tend to buy books I see on the shelf at my local, forgetting I have a list thats ever growing. 😉

      Oh, I do hope you read City Of Brass, and more, love it too. It’s the kind of book and story that took me back to my childhood, very Arabian Nights.

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